Luke 6:37-38 Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned…For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
While Jesus was on Earth, He spent time with all kinds of people–pious, sinful, beautiful, those the world would call ugly, wealthy, poor, sick and healthy. The one thing they all had in common was their need for a savior. Jesus didn’t come to pass judgment or condemn; He came to save. The only people He condemned were the ones who spent their time judging and condemning those He came to save. Are we any different than the Pharisees when we post our opinions about abortion, same-sex marriage, immorality, and any number of sins we condemn in others but fail to see in ourselves? (I’m not saying we should condone sinful behavior–just that maybe we shouldn’t be so ready to share our opinions over and over and over again.) We are not called by God to call attention to people; we are called to love them. I would wager a guess that when people know we are a Christian, they know how we feel about certain issues. We aren’t called to debate our beliefs but to live out our faith.
On our best day we sin. Imagine if someone pointed out every sin we committed every time. What if they posted our sins on Facebook for everyone to see and discuss? Wouldn’t we become defensive? Wouldn’t we find ways to justify ourselves? Calling attention to sin only makes the person committing that sin to retreat and rebel. Jesus tells us if we condemn, we will be condemned using the same measurement we use to judge others.
“Our critical nature usually comes from our own insecurity or our need to control other people. But since it comes from our hearts, it is not innocent. When we are critical, we are not a reflection of Christ. If Christ is living in us, we should view people as Christ does, not with the average critical thoughts we play around with.”¹
Today, we can dare to look for the good in people and acknowledge it and stop throwing stones of criticism.
[Read Matthew 8-14]
Matthew 12:7 But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: “I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.”
My flesh is critical. Help me overcome the temptation to judge and condemn others. Help me to love others and treat them the way You would. Amen.